Pete & Spectacle Lakes


Backpack - Pete & Spectacle Lakes

Nestled at the base of Chikamin Ridge, this is considered a must-experience off Snoqualmie Pass. Join me as we meander through approximately 9 miles to camp, visiting Pete Lake along the way. We will begin at the trail head close to Owhi Campground and Cooper Lake. This is a relaxed pace trip. Leader Permission required.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 18.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,250 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 -2.5 mph

For those who may arrange carpools, we will meet at Tibbets P&R in Issaquah and continue to the trail head from there. I can take three in my vehicle. Timing will be communicated closed to the date.

For those who prefer to meet at the trailhead, meeting is at 8 am sharp. 

Trailhead coordinates: 47.43421, -121.18701

There are varying stats on distance and elevation depending on where you look. WTA states 22 miles RT, 1500 gain.  AllTrails states 18.7 RT, 2618 gain. I posted the stats based on what I mapped out on Gaia. Trip reports state a lot of little water crossings and one larger one that may result in a detour that adds about 2.5 miles each way, but hopefully this late in the season, we won't need to take that detour. 

Leader Permission Required: I will begin reviewing permission requests after trip opens for registration.


  • To reach Spectacle Lake as our final camping destination, stopping to admire Pete Lake along the way.
  • Foster community and belonging. 
  • Lead and learn in a collaborative spirit.
  • Foster compassion, understanding and curiosity with one another and in nature.
  • Have fun, be safe and enjoy one another's company.


  • Commitment to arrive on time at the trailhead, prepared and ready to be social and enjoy the trip.
  • Commitment to communicate with me for any concerns and/or questions before and during the trip.
  • Commitment to having fun.
  • The group will stay together. This means seeing a head in front and in back of you at all times. 
  • Group will camp together. 


  • Through actions and words, I lead through an inclusive lens.
  • I foster community within the group.
  • I lead at a relaxed to moderate pace, allowing for flexibility between the two.  If you are someone who likes to hike fast, this trip is likely not for you.



Pete & Spectacle Lakes

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
Trip Reports